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Moon Phases is guidebook on lunar spiritualism by Cecilia Lattari, with gorgeous illustrations by Emilio Ignozza

My rating: 4 of 5 stars (3.5 rounded up to a 4)

Moon Phases: Use the Lunar Cycle to Connect with Nature and Focus Your Intentions is guidebook on lunar spiritualism by Cecilia Lattari, with gorgeous illustrations by Emilio Ignozza. It was originally published in Italy; this is the U.S. debut. The PDF version is around 162 pages.

The author, an expert herbalist, uses this book to thoroughly explain the different phases of the moon each month of the year (starting with January) and what they symbolize. Lattari features aa plant for each month’s moon as well, along with pop stars for some months, which are interesting concepts. She details what materials you can use best during different moon phases, and includes several suggested practices and rituals to complete during each phase. This book can help the reader feel more in touch with themselves, while also helping them to better connect with nature.

I was a little confused during the Introduction when the author notes that the word Sabbat comes from the Italian word sabba because I thought the term came from various places, including Hebrew and Latin. I understand that this book was originally published in Italy, so maybe the author wrote it this way for her Italian audience, but I think it was a bit of a misstep in the U.S. version of the book. Another bit of information that felt off to me was her note that the New Moon always occurs in the same zodiac sign as the sun. I believe this is very common, but it’s not exclusive (I personally was born on a Virgo New Moon but my Sun sign is Leo). For these two issues, I docked a star off of my rating.

Special thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and NetGalley for providing a PDF of this book for me to review. All opinions contained herein are my own. Moon Phases: Use the Lunar Cycle to Connect with Nature and Focus Your Intentions releases on April 26th.

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